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Below is list high blood pressure medications from the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. Today the drug choices are almost limitless, but do not allow your television commercials and magazine ads to manipulate your imagination on how easy a new drug can give you a different kind of life.
Drugs almost always have some side effects that sometimes go unnoticed by you until you do your yearly check-up that include laboratory tests. There are just no symptoms indicating a problem.
Then there are times when out of the blue you just start experiencing some symptoms after taking these medications for some time. Some of these side effects are serious. And, then some of these side effects are deadly allergic reaction to your medication. I have experienced this type of adverse reaction, it was scary.
So know the medications you are taking.
The key in having people stay on their medications is the cost of drugs. Since drugs for high blood pressure are usually taken indefinitely, cost, convenience and tolerance are extremely important in deciding on the best regimen.
With the recent launch of a three in one high blood pressure treatment pill, Sevikar HCT, in the United Kingdom, it is hoped that your blood pressure medications will be more cost effective and you'll remember to take one pill for the day instead of taking your medications at different times throughout the day.
Also, Sevikar HCT, has been added to list high blood pressure medications, comes in five tailored doses that is guaranteed to match your individual needs and lower your blood pressure in different ways.
The three active ingredients contained in this combination pill are a long-acting selective angiotensin II receptor blocker; a calcium channel blocker and a diuretic.
Review the list high blood pressure medications below and add Sevikar HCT to your list of blood pressure medicines to discuss with your doctor in deciding on which drug is best for you.
Along with lifestyle changes, such as including in your diet fruits and vegetables, eating potassium-rich foods, exercise, reduction of excessive alcohol consumption, practicing relaxation techniques, stop smoking and the lowering of your salt intake.
Being familiar with the most commonly used drugs prescribed for high blood pressure, their benefits, and side effects, is a great conversation to have with your doctor.
|Category||Most Commonly Used Drugs||Demonstrated Benefits||Precautions/Side Effects|
|Thiazide diuretics||Hydrochlorothiazide, chlorthalidone||Can reduce risk of strokes and heart attacks; relatively inexpensive and convenient||Causes increased urination, can deplete potassium in the body, occasionally causes sexual dysfunction in men|
|Beta blockers||Atenolol, propranolol, nadolol, metoprolol, labetalol, acebutolol||Can reduce risk of strokes and heart attacks, protects the heart in people who have coronary artery disease, inexpensive and convenient||Can cause sleep disturbances, fatigue, and/or depression; may cause problems in people with heart block, heart failure or asthma; may cause sexual dysfunction in men|
|Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors||Captopril, enalapril, lisinopril, ramipril||Protects the kidneys in people who also have diabetes and kidney insufficiency; protects the heart in people after a major heart attack or congestive heart failure||Can sometimes cause deterioration in kidney function, dizziness, or a dry tickling cough, should not be taken by pregnant women, may cause sexual dysfunction in men|
|Calcium channel blockers||Verapamil, diltiazem, nifedipine, felodipine, amlodipine||Useful for people with deteriorating kidney function; useful for people with angina||May cause headache, dizziness, weakness, constipation, edema, or rapid or slow heartbeat; generally not recommended for people with congestive heart failure; may cause sexual dysfunction in men.|
|Angiotensin-receptor antagonists||Losartan, irbesartan||Protects the kidneys in people who also have diabetes and kidney insufficiency; protects the heart in people after a major heart attack or congestive heart failure||May cause sexual dysfunction in men; works like ACE inhibitors, but less likely to cause cough|
|Methyldopa||Methyldopa||Useful during pregnancy||May cause difficulty thinking in older people; can cause illnesses such as lupus; may cause sexual dysfunction in men|
|Hydralazine||Hydralazine||Relative inexpensive||Can cause high fevers; may cause sexual dysfunction in men|
|Alpha blockers||Prazosin, terazosin, doxazosin||May improve blood levels of fats||Can cause light headedness, dizziness, headache, or drowsiness|
|Reserpine||Reserpine||Convenient, can be taken just once a day and least expensive||Can cause nasal stuffiness and depression; may cause sexual dysfunction in men|
What high blood pressure medications are you taking and what are the side effects, if any? Also did any another type of disease develop because you are taking these medications?